Expand your smart phone or tablet’s job description with apps that turn it into a tool kit, remodeling guide, and all-around design assistant. Here are 11 apps we’ve found extremely useful:
(Discovered any home design or remodeling apps you’ve found indispensable? Share your finds in the comments section below.)
Design Tool Apps
1. iHandy Carpenter
3. AutoDesk Homestyler
Above: The AutoDesk Homestyler app allows you to experiment with paint colors, furnishings, and layouts using photos of your choosing. It’s a great way to “try on” before making big decisions. The AutoDesk Homestyler for iPhone and iPad and the AutoDesk Homestyler for Android are both free.
4. Home Design 3D
5. Sun Seeker
6. Handy Man
7. I.D. Wood
Above: Pinterest is perhaps the most useful and well-known source for design inspiration. The app allows you to pin photos while browsing on your mobile device and easily access your Pinterest account and all the clippings you’ve already saved and organized. It’s a great resource for planning projects and sharing your image inspiration on the go–shown here, a peek at my Pinterest kitchen board. The Pinterest App for iPhone and iPad and the Pinterest App for Android are both free.